- Linh Ung Pagoda: A famous spiritual site in Da Nang, Vietnam
- 1. Linh Ung Peninsula Son Tra Pagoda
Linh Ung Pagoda: A famous spiritual site in Da Nang, Vietnam
Linh Ung Pagoda Attracts Numerous Tourists and Buddhists Worldwide to Explore the Beauty and Learn More About Buddhist Culture. The Pagoda Is Considered a Buddhist Paradise on Earth.
Linh Ung Pagoda is an ideal destination for tourists to rest and relax their minds in the tranquility of a spiritual place and the serenity of nature. Da Nang, Vietnam has three Linh Ung Pagodas. This article will provide you with some useful information about two of them: Linh Ung Pagoda on Ngu Hanh Son and Linh Ung Peninsula Son Tra.
1. Linh Ung Peninsula Son Tra Pagoda
1.1. Overview of Linh Ung Peninsula Son Tra Pagoda
– Address: Son Tra Peninsula, Tho Quang Ward, Son Tra District, Da Nang City.
– Opening hours: 6 am – 9 pm.
– Entrance fee: Free.
Linh Ung Pagoda is located on Son Tra Peninsula, at an altitude of 639m above sea level, 10 km northeast of the city center of Da Nang. The pagoda faces the peninsula, overlooking the East Sea, with Cu Lao Cham Island on the left and the spectacular scenery of Hai Van Mountain on the right.
1.2. Must-Visit Points When Visiting Linh Ung Peninsula Son Tra Pagoda
1.2.1. Explore the Architectural Beauty of Linh Ung Pagoda
– History of Linh Ung Pagoda:
There is a local legend about the history of Linh Ung Son Tra Peninsula passed down from generation to generation. During the reign of King Minh Mang of the Nguyen Dynasty, a Buddha statue drifted to the sandy beach of Son Tra Peninsula. Believing it to be an auspicious sign, local fishermen built a temple to worship the Buddha. Since then, the sea became calmer, aiding local fishermen in their fishing endeavors.
Linh Ung Pagoda was built on the beach called Bai But, meaning “Land of Buddha.” The pagoda was constructed in 2004, and after six years of construction, it was officially inaugurated, marking the presence of Buddhism in Vietnam in the 21st century.
– Exterior architecture:
The pagoda covers an area of 20 hectares with a complex of buildings including the main hall, ancestral house, lecture hall, library, dining hall, and the garden of Arhat statues. Therefore, it is the largest pagoda in Da Nang. Its architectural design harmoniously combines contemporary style with traditional Vietnamese style.
After passing through the main gate, you will see the main hall. The main hall is supported by sturdy columns and adorned with a curved dragon roof, highlighting the traditional style of Vietnamese pagodas. In the center of the main hall is the statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. To the right of the statue is the Quan The Am Bodhisattva, and to the left is the statue of Three Jewels Buddha.
Main hall of the pagoda (Source: Collection).
Along the path to the main hall, you can see the Four Heavenly Kings and 18 Arhat statues arranged according to their spiritual significance. Each Arhat statue symbolizes a human emotion: joy, anger, love, and hatred.
1.2.2. Striking Statue of Goddess of Mercy
The most prominent feature of Linh Ung Pagoda Da Nang is the tallest Goddess of Mercy statue in Vietnam, standing at 67 meters, equivalent to a 30-story building. The Goddess of Mercy statue is placed on a lotus base with a diameter of 35 meters. Inside the statue is a 17-meter-wide area with 17 floors, each floor containing 21 Buddha statues.
Many tourists visit Linh Ung Pagoda to admire the solemn beauty of the Goddess of Mercy statue and pray for good things. The pagoda is a harmonious combination of sacred beauty, elegant architecture, and the beauty of nature.